Better Date than Never Vol. 1 by Susan Hatler

Posted July 7, 2014 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments

Better Date than Never Vol. 1 by Susan HatlerBetter Date Than Never Series Vol. #1 by Susan Hatler
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Love at First Date, Book #1
Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person. 
When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him. 
Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?

Truth or Date, Book #2
Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. Ten years waiting for her ex to propose wasted her time. Never again. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s amazing and total marriage material.
As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. When his turn comes around, he dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Gina finds playing couple with Chris way too much fun.
Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship begins to feel painfully real. Fearing she might be falling for another fly-by man, Gina must focus on Ethan so she doesn’t make the same dating mistakes all over again.

My Last Blind Date, Book #3
It’s Valentine’s Day and Rachel Price has a choice: Stay home and watch TV with her loveable doggy or let her best friend, Ellen, set her up on a blind date. What to do….
Ellen says the guy is a “10,” but the last guy she set her up with was a “–5.” Rachel’s been flirting with coworker Noah Peterson and she’s hoping he’s noticed. Then, she finds out Noah has big plans. Even worse, he advises Rachel to go on the blind date!
Should she play it safe and spend the Hallmark holiday with her loyal pooch, Chester, or risk another dating disaster by trying yet again for love?

I don’t usually review more than one book in one post, but because this is a box set and they are relatively short, I am going to make an exception this time.

Love At First Date: I really don’t think the tone for this book worked for me, or rather the narrator’s voice. Ella and I never made a connection throughout the story, I’m not sure why, I think it may have been the length of the story, but I really never felt very connected to her. I know a lot of women who can relate to Ella, who turn to the world of online dating to find the perfect guy because you are tired of picking the wrong one, but I felt like we were only scratching the surface. Personally, I think Ella needed more passion or just a little more spark, not just in her love life (which was painfully g rated) but also in her personality in general. Someone needed to give this short story a jolt of caffeine in order for me to really get invested.

Truth or Date: I liked this short story a bit more than the one before in the series. It was more cutesy, I mean there is almost no conflict in this short story, only a sense of obliviousness. Gina seems very oblivious to what’s going on right in front of her, but there are no bad guys in this story. Just a good romance match up and friends who only want the best for each other. Unfortunately because there no real conflict, there isn’t a lot to say about this novella, other than to say if you want a quick and sweet romance with a happily ever after then this might be your book.

My Last Blind Date: This short story almost drove me mad. First of all it’s too short to really be anything. You don’t have any time to get invested in the characters, its like the story was thrown together wham bam and done. It read a lot like a rough draft to me, I think this story had a lot of potential but it just wasn’t fleshed out the way it needed to be in order to work.

Overall, I didn’t really enjoy these stories as much as I wanted to. I don’t tend to do well with novellas if I am not already invested in the characters or if the author doesn’t have enough time for me to for a connection in such a short span of time. I like the messy and in a novella romance, sometimes it’s almost impossible to have conflict when you have so little words to work with. I would only recommend these book if you are looking for short, simple reads, like when you have a few minutes to kill. It just didn’t work for me.  photo synopsisgraphic.png

About Susan Hatler

SUSAN HATLER is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, who writes humorous and emotional contemporary romance and young adult novels. Many of Susan’s books have been translated into Spanish and German. A natural optimist, she believes life is amazing, people are fascinating, and imagination is endless. She loves spending time with her characters and hopes you do, too.

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